Dramatic Arts

Department Head

Professor Vincent Cardinal


English, Roccoberton, Rose, Stern

Associate Professor

Bell, Bradford, Chybowski, McDermott, Mack, Ripley

Assistant Professor

Blush, Braconi, Bullard, Cummings, Edwards, Webster, Weingart

Assistant Professor in Residence

Boyette, Brown, Kvale, Meacham, Scapetis, Weiser, Wold

The Department of Dramatic Arts offers two graduate degree programs: the Master of Arts (M.A.) and the Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.).

The Master of Arts

The M.A. is generally considered a preparatory program for an advanced degree at a level between baccalaureate study and a terminal degree in Dramatic Arts. The department offers the Master of Arts degree in Production, an applied study program with two areas of emphasis: Puppetry and Costuming.

Admission to the M.A. in Production program requires fulfillment of the admission requirements of the Graduate School and three letters of recommendation. All applicants for the M.A. (which requires a minimum of 30 credits) should consult the Department concerning program availability, personal interview with the program director, and portfolio review. Further information may be obtained by contacting the Department of Dramatic Arts.

The Master of Fine Arts

The M.F.A. is a terminal degree for students preparing for professional careers in commercial, regional, and educational theatre. Areas of concentration include: Acting, Design (Lighting, Costume, or Scenery), Puppetry, and Technical Direction.

Admission to this program requires fulfillment of the admission requirements of the Graduate School. Three letters of recommendation are required. Practical experience may be accepted in lieu of some course work. A personal interview on campus is required for residents of New England, New York and New Jersey. An audition is required for Acting applicants, and a portfolio review is required for Design and Puppetry applicants. Interview, audition, and portfolio requirements may be fulfilled by applicants at the University Resident Theatre Association (U/RTA) finals.

The Department admits a new class of M.F.A. students in Acting once every three years. Prospective applicants for the M.F.A. in Acting should consult with the Department concerning program availability prior to applying.

The Master of Fine Arts is a three-year, process-oriented program requiring a minimum of 60 graduate credits and residency. A final project, to be determined by the student’s advising committee, is required in all Design and Technical areas, as is a production record book. Off campus internships are required for Design students – through the Milestone Program, and in compliance with SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) guidelines for international students. Further information may be obtained by contacting the Department of Dramatic Arts.

Curricular Opportunities

Through practicums and independent studies, graduate students in the Department may expand the area of training beyond that indicated by the list of course offerings. Supplemental course work may be taken in humanistic and scientific disciplines appropriate to the concentration.

Connecticut Repertory Theatre

Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT) is the production organization of the Department of Dramatic Arts. Through CRT, the Department produces a subscription series of plays and musicals during the academic year, as well as a separate series of plays during the summer. To enrich the classroom and studio training, graduate students are provided with plentiful opportunities to obtain professional level production experience through active participation in plays produced by CRT.

Production Facilities

The Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre (a 493-seat proscenium space) and the Nafe Katter Theatre (237-seat thrust) house the Main Stage Series productions. The Studio Works Series is presented in the Studio/Mobius Theatre, a 116-seat space that also provides opportunities for experimental theatre.


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